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The Flu Shot - Should I? Should I not?

flu shot
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the flu shot
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Offline pozzitive

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Flu Shot
« on: October 19, 2007, 02:12:07 PM »
I just got better from a Flu and this coming Tuesday I heard that they will have Flu shots at work. My doctor told me to get it but last time I got it I felt like crap and guess what, I got a Flu.
 
So confusing. I keep imagining horrible things. It is just a dead virus correct? I am going to Mexico in a month on vacation and I thought that it might be a good idea to get it now other than getting a FLU while I am there.

Thoughts anyone?

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Offline AlanBama

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2007, 03:51:45 PM »
I always get a flu shot, every year.   Had mine just last week, in fact.   

Alan
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Offline dixieman

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2007, 05:08:08 PM »
you don't get the flu from a flu vaccine... end of story...

Offline Basquo

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2007, 05:43:54 PM »
I don't understand the choices... ???

Offline Bucko

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2007, 05:49:20 PM »
Get your damn flu shot!

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Offline Just John

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2007, 05:55:17 PM »
Get mine every year without fail, 1430hrs tomorrow in fact.

Apart from a slightly sore arm sometimes I've never had any bad effects and I know that it's impossible for the shot to give you flu.

Having had flu a few years ago I know that I don't want to ever catch it again.

John.
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Offline emeraldize

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #6 on: October 22, 2007, 09:34:01 PM »
Scheduled for mine along with my six-month visit. Always got one pre-dx.

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #7 on: October 23, 2007, 12:22:44 AM »
I got my shot today.



Offline mjmel

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2007, 09:46:16 AM »
Will have my flu shot, soon.

pozzitive, it's possible you could have had contact with the flu virus before your flu shot. Therefore you became ill.
A door handle or water faucet knob at work or even in from the door handle of the clinic. Not from the vaccine. Probability is null. The influenza virus prevention shot is not live virus.

FluMist, a recently developed nasal vaccine does have modified live viruses and should be avoided by people with HIV or cancer or pregnant women, or asthmatics or people over 50. This is an alternative that was developed as a needle-free method for kids (over age of 5).

Have a great time on vacation!
xxx,
Mike

Offline DanielMark

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2007, 02:58:08 PM »
Just booked an appointment this morning for November 6 to get mine at my clinic (as I do every year). They’re only giving them starting next month.  Otherwise, I would have asked for it before now.

Daniel
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Offline LACboi

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #10 on: October 24, 2007, 03:02:29 PM »
Got mine last Thursday at work.

Offline tinydaniell

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #11 on: October 24, 2007, 03:47:15 PM »
Got mine yesterday

Offline aztecan

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #12 on: October 24, 2007, 06:56:19 PM »
I always get the flu shot. Got mine about three weeks ago, I think.

You can't get the flu from the flu shot because the virus in the shot is dead. It can cause your body to start acting like it is infected and begin building antibodies, which is what its supposed to do. In such cases, you may feel ill, but nothing like the actual flu, which can be quite debilitating.

By the way, nobody who is immune compromised should take the aerosol flu vaccine. It contains live flu virus.

Get the shot. Its worth it.

HUGS,

Mark
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Offline RapidRod

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #13 on: October 24, 2007, 07:36:33 PM »
I get mine next week. I don't know why I'm always given it at the end of the month or the first of november.

Offline kitty1

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #14 on: October 25, 2007, 01:57:54 PM »
I got mine a week ago and been getting one every year for 2 three years now and never get a flu from it.  Go get it

Offline Basquo

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2007, 01:49:10 PM »
I don't understand the choices... ???

No one ever explained this poll to me.

Offline Kellyk

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2007, 02:39:59 PM »
got mine today - fingers crossed for a flu free season :)--

Offline jabez

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2007, 02:59:04 PM »
I had mine Friday at work.   My ID doc smiled happily when I told her I'd already done it. 
Sept 2007 -- CD4 = 68; VL = 469,000
Started Atripla Sept 21, 2007
Nov 2007-CD4=217;VL=332
Feb 2008-CD4=237;VL=<50
Apr 2008-CD4=271;VL=66
Aug 2008-CD4=440;VL=52
Jan 2009-CD4=403;VL=61
May 2009-CD4=480;VL=129
Sep 2009-CD4=376;VL<40
Jan 2010-CD4=476;VL<40
Jul 2010-CD4=539;VL<40
Jan 2011-CD4=461;VL=53
Jul 2011-CD4=515;VL<20
Jan 2012-CD4=506;VL=54
Aug 2012-CD4=440;VL=21
Jan 2013-CD4=447;VL=<20
Jul 2013-CD4=406; VL=<20
Feb 2014-CD4=450; VL=<20
Aug 2014-CD4=535; VL=<20

Offline st67

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2007, 03:16:47 PM »
Got mine today, along with my lab numbers.
First flu shot I've had since I was a child, but don't have any bad expectations....
2/07        dumb ass
3/07        dx;                VL 15,100
4/07        CD4 609; 39%;    10,900
5/07        CD4 649; 36%;     2,000
10/07      CD4 722; 38%;        130

Offline sdcabincrew74

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2007, 04:34:24 PM »
get the damn shot.  the flu kills tens of thousands of people every year ... many the yng, the elderly and those with suppressed immune systems.  So, guess what, you are poz and you have a suppressed immune system whether you want to admit it or not.  What is all the damn drama about, get the shot!!!!
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #20 on: November 08, 2007, 06:56:02 PM »


I signed up at work, about a month or so ago for the flu shot. The residents already received theirs, and the employeees were notified Monday that we would receive ours this week.

So, I get mine about 10:00 tonight when I go into work. This is for the convienience of the graveyard shift workers.


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Offline Basquo

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #21 on: November 08, 2007, 08:38:46 PM »
I got my shot like two weeks ago; however, I STILL don't understand the poll:

Question: The Flu Shot - Should I? Should I not?
 
Options:

flu shot
 
the flu shot

Am I missing something here?
 

edited for a tiny typo
« Last Edit: November 09, 2007, 08:41:43 AM by Basquo »

Offline red_Dragon888

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #22 on: November 08, 2007, 10:02:30 PM »
yea I got my shot last Monday and feel like hell this week.  What's the point...
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Offline northernguy

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #23 on: November 09, 2007, 12:07:26 AM »
We Pozzies get them free up here, does that apply in most jurisdictions?
Apr 28/06 cd4 600 vl 10,600 cd% 25
Nov 8/09 cd4 510 vl 49,5000 cd% 16
Jan 16/10 cd4 660 vl 54,309 cd% 16
Feb 17/10 Started Atripla
Mar 7/10 cd4 710 vl 1,076 cd% 21
Apr 18/10 cd4 920 vl 268 cd% 28
Jun 19/10 cd4 450 vl 60 cd% 25
Aug 15/10 cd4 680 vl 205 cd% 27
Apr 3/11 cd4 780 vl <40 cd% 30
Jul 17/11 cd4 960 vl <40 cd%33
April 15/12 cd4 1,010 vl <40 cd% 39
April 20/12 Switched to Viramune + Truvada
Aug 2/12 cd4 1040, vl <40, cd% 38
Oct 19 cd4 1,110 vl <40 cd% 41

Offline thunter34

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #24 on: November 09, 2007, 12:12:51 AM »
Got mine on Monday!  I never have a problem with the shots, and intend to get it every year.
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Offline carousel

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #25 on: November 09, 2007, 02:55:50 AM »
I always get mine, I don't really understand why somebody wouldn't.

Though this year was the first time I felt unwell after, but only for 24 hours.

Doesn't hurt and saves me coming down with unwanted flu/

Offline DanielMark

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #26 on: November 09, 2007, 06:10:51 AM »
Got my annual jab on Tuesday, no problem, but then there never is.
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Offline Winiroo

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #27 on: November 09, 2007, 08:37:39 PM »
The poll makes no sense to me either.

I got my flu shot today. I always feel like crap for a few days afterward but it beats the flu.

I think the flu shot doesnt keep you from getting the flu but it will make your symptoms less severe.
I think...

Offline Mike89406

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #28 on: November 09, 2007, 10:23:37 PM »
The Flu shot depending on you're immune system is supposed to help build antibodies to the flu .Having said that I think it's important to get the shot. It wont prevent the flu per say but help protect against more severe strains of the flu.

For example if you get the flu you shouldn't get as sick as you would providing you never recieved the shot. Yes people get sick after the shot I'd rather get the shot just to be safe. However I have been told by my doctor that its not recommmended to get the shot if you have T cells below 200.

Mike
« Last Edit: November 09, 2007, 10:25:11 PM by Mike89406 »

Offline Winiroo

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #29 on: November 10, 2007, 12:09:53 PM »
LOL

My doctor pretty much insisted I get the flu shot, especially because my tcells are below 200.

Different docs have different opinions.


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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #30 on: November 10, 2007, 01:12:26 PM »
Hi ... my Doc says anyone poz should get the flu shot .....

Offline Lou-ah-vull

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #31 on: November 10, 2007, 01:14:58 PM »
I agree the poll makes no sense. 

Further I agree it makes all the sense in the world to get the flu shot.  The shot does not guarantee you won't get the flu (there are more than the three strains in the shot) but will greatly minimize the harm that can come from the flu.  It's a no brainer....but remember the shot...not the mist!

Gary
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10/05:  367 (26.2%), 24556 VL
01/06:  344 (24.6%), 86299 VL
04/06:  374 (22.0%), 87657 VL
05/06:  Began HAART 05/15/06, Combivir/Kaletra
07/06:  361 (27.8%), 1299 VL
10/06:  454 (32.4%), 55 VL
01/07:  499 (38.4%), UD
02/07:  Switched to Atripla 2/8/07
04/07:  566 (37.7%), UD
08/07:  761 (42.3%), UD
06/08:  659 (47.1%), UD
01/09:  613 (43.8%), UD
07/09:  616 (47.4%), UD
01/10:  530 (44.2%), UD
07/10:  636 (48.9%), UD
01/11:  627 (48.2%), UD
07/11:  840 (52.5%), UD
01/12:  920 (51.1%), UD
07/12:  857 (50.4%), 40
10/12:  UD
01/13:  710 (47.3%), UD
07/13:  886 (49.2%), UD
01/14:  985 (46.9%), UD
06/14:  823 (47.2%), UD

Offline Mike89406

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #32 on: November 10, 2007, 01:37:57 PM »
LOL

My doctor pretty much insisted I get the flu shot, especially because my tcells are below 200.

Different docs have different opinions.



Lol you're right it was one of my old doctors in Bethesda that said that she was a little strict as well. Everyone else has recommended the shot.

Offline Gary85741

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #33 on: November 11, 2007, 08:07:15 AM »


About a week after getting the flu shot my legs would really ache at night when I'd try to sleep.  So I took Ibuprofen which would ease the majority of it.  That lasted about three nights and was fine thereafter.

Gary

Poz since '89. 
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Offline Winiroo

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #34 on: November 11, 2007, 07:56:16 PM »
It is now a couple of days after my flu shot. I dont feel any crappier than usual but my arm is sore. BTW I have 77 tcells so not feeling like crap because of the flu shot is a nice surprise.

Offline sharkdiver

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #35 on: November 21, 2007, 09:03:53 AM »
Flu shot?

I work with snotty nosed, barfing, sneezing and coughing in your, face babies and toddlers all day. You bet I get the flu shot.

 :P

Offline PositivelyYours

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #36 on: November 21, 2007, 04:49:47 PM »
Hello Everyone,

I hope all is well  I would like to encourage everyone to take a flu shot.  You cannot get the flu from the shop, so lets put that theory to rest.  I would also advise anyone who will be taking the shot to take 2 advils or tylenols before or after your shot.  This will aid you against getting a fever or having aches that may be related to the shot.  I took my shot Oct 9th and I have been doing okay. I hope everone will enjoy their thanksgiving and until next time - take care!




I just got better from a Flu and this coming Tuesday I heard that they will have Flu shots at work. My doctor told me to get it but last time I got it I felt like crap and guess what, I got a Flu.
 
So confusing. I keep imagining horrible things. It is just a dead virus correct? I am going to Mexico in a month on vacation and I thought that it might be a good idea to get it now other than getting a FLU while I am there.

Thoughts anyone?


PositivelyYours

Diagnosed: 08/10/2006
08/31/06 CD4:240/VL:39,000
09/12/06 CD4:359/VL:50,000
11/16/06 CD4:509/VL:76,000 (Flu Shot)
02/13/07 CD4:270/VL:69,000
02/17/07 Developed the Shingles
02/20/07 CD4:326/VL (Not Tested)
03/20/07 CD4:484/VL:54,000
06/19/07 CD4:488/VL:51,000
09/18/07 CD4:372/VL:27,000
10/09/07 Took Flu Shot
12/18/07 CD4:408/VL:85,000
03/18/08 CD4:394/VL:116,000 (Still No Meds)
05/22/08 CD4:412/VL:63,000
08/13/08 CD4:362/VL:67,000
09/23/08 Took Flu Shot
10/15/08 CD4:340/VL:54,000
11/14/08 Started Atripla @ 9:45 p.m.
1/30/09 CD4:641/VL:<48 Copies
5/07/09 CD4:667/VL: Undetectable
12/02/09 CD4:759/VL: Undetectable
03/05/10 CD4:537/VL: Undetectable
03/16/10 Rec'd TB Skin Test, Pneumonia & Hep B Vac
04/15/10 Hep B & Tetanus Vac
6/10 CD4: 748 VL: Undet.

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #37 on: November 21, 2007, 07:13:09 PM »
Hi all -- I had my flu shot on Monday and my arm is still sore  ::)

Offline lucas clay

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Re: Flu Shot
« Reply #38 on: November 22, 2007, 07:38:15 AM »
Lucas gets one every year.
Had mine 4 or 5 weeks ago, early bird does not get the flu. (i hope)

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